Links for Air Disasters S1E8: Mixed Signals

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Episode 8

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July 17, 2011
How could a multibillion-dollar air traffic control system fail to detect two planes on a collision course? And how did a state-of-the-art business plane fail to alert its pilots to the 737 heading straight for it? Moments after takeoff, the pilots of Birgenair Flight 301 are baffled by confusing and conflicting signals and alarms. They’re told the plane is flying too fast, and then warned that they’re traveling too slowly and in danger of stalling. Bewildered, the pilots of the Boeing 757 struggle to keep the 100-ton machine in the air, but within five minutes of taking off, the plane plummets into the ocean, killing all on board. Investigators comb the wreckage for clues and soon discover tiny clues that ultimately brought down this massive jet.
July 17, 2011
How could a multibillion-dollar air traffic control system fail to detect two planes on a collision course? And how did a state-of-the-art business plane fail to alert its pilots to the 737 heading straight for it? Moments after takeoff, the pilots of Birgenair Flight 301 are baffled by confusing and conflicting signals and alarms. They’re told the plane is flying too fast, and then warned that they’re traveling too slowly and in danger of stalling. Bewildered, the pilots of the Boeing 757 struggle to keep the 100-ton machine in the air, but within five minutes of taking off, the plane plummets into the ocean, killing all on board. Investigators comb the wreckage for clues and soon discover tiny clues that ultimately brought down this massive jet.